Because of the cold winters at the farm, it was necessary to find a way to keep warm, especially in the bedrooms, which were often unheated.  I can remember Grandmama (Rosa Pearce Moore) wrapping irons  (made of cast iron for ironing clothing) that had been heated on the wood stove with heavy cloth material and placing them between the sheets to get the bed warm.  The also occasionally used hot water bottles, but this was before there was electricity in the farm house, so there were no electric blankets.

Mary Harter Alexander, my first cousin - once removed and the great-granddaughter of Rosa Moore inspired me to write this post.  Today, Mary is famous in Kentucky for her quilts.  She has a picture of Rosa Moore on the shelf of her quilting studio for inspiration.

Rosa Moore and the other ladies of the Timberlake-Hurdles Mill community often had quilting bees and made many quilts for their families to keep them warm.  In her late years, Rosa made a number of quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  I use mine regularly and cherish it immensely.  The quilt's primary color is lavender and the pattern is the Wedding Ring.
On one of the back corners, she stitched her dedication:
Rosa Pearce Moore

Aunt Alma also made a quilt for me in the Star pattern, which has a black background with gold, red and black accents:


anne marie in philly said...

GORGEOUS! cherish those handmade with love quilts! as a fiber artist myself, I endow each piece I make with good karma/thoughts/vibrations. I bet your grandma did the same for you!

I can see the family resemblance in your faces!

Java said...

I love quilts. I like the textile arts, actually. You've got some gorgeous quilts there.

Hey, I hear you're going to the blogger meet-up next weekend. So am I! So I thought I'd check in to see what you're about.